Associated Press/Photo by Tabital Pulaaku

Ethnic violence kills women and children in Mali

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/25/19, 11:11 am

More than 130 people died in a weekend attack on an ethnic Peulh village in central Mali. It was the deadliest instance yet of recent ethnic and jihadi violence. Attackers wielding guns and machetes targeted the village of Ogossagou in the central Mopti region. The casualties included “pregnant women, young children, and the elderly,” said Abdoul Aziz Diallo, president of a Peulh Fulani group known as Tabital Pulaaku.

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Associated Press/Photo by Peter Dejong

Dutch shooting suspect faces terrorism charges

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/21/19, 10:30 am

Dutch prosecutors said Thursday they will charge Gokmen Tanis, the main suspect in a shooting on a tram in Utrecht, Netherlands, with offenses that include murder or manslaughter with a terrorist intent. Investigations so far indicate the alleged gunman acted alone in Monday’s attack that killed three and left three others seriously injured. Investigators are looking into whether the shooter’s actions “flowed from personal problems combined with radicalized ideology,” the prosecutors’ office said in a statement.

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Associated Press/Photo by Mark Baker

Burials begin for mosque shooting victims

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/20/19, 12:20 pm

Mourners on Wednesday buried the first two of 50 worshippers who died last week in mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand. The two, Khalid Mustafa, 44, and his son, Hamza Mustafa, 15, moved to the country last year with their family after spending six years as Syrian refugees in Jordan. Authorities have charged a 28-year-old Australian, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, with murder for the attacks in the city of Christchurch. His next hearing is scheduled for April 5. Police have formally identified and released the remains of 21 of the victims, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.

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